In case you missed it on Monday evening, Save Jerseyans, here’s the video of last night’s AC Press debate between incumbent state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt (R-1):
If you watched last night’s final #njsen debate, Save Jerseyans, then you heard Cory Booker (D-Twitter) use the word “tea party” more often than his opponent’s name.
Booker is a lot of things but “stupid” isn’t one of them. He came to play this time after flubbing the first debate. and reading plenty of polls which suggest that both the Tea Party and the ongoing federal shutdown are losers for Steve Lonegan. His buddy (and occasional bully) Barack Obama shared a similar experience in 2012. Plenty of smart people think Booker carried the day (and probably the election along with it). And they might be right.
What stuck in my crawl was Booker’s dogged insistence that people like Steve Lonegan are the problem in Washington.
It’s a crock, folks.
Now, that’s not to say that I’ve always been a big fan of Steve Lonegan’s style. Far from it in fact…
Cory Booker came to the second and final Senatorial debate prepared to portray Steve Lonegan as a Tea Party extremist, and Lonegan cooperated.
Lonegan came prepared with facts and punchlines. Booker turned nearly every question into an opportunity to portray himself as a compromiser who will go to Washington to get things done and Lonegan as an extremist.
Early on in this campaign, Lonegan acknowledged he “lacked a filter” between what he really thinks and what he says. He seems to have developed a filter over the last several weeks, but he left it at home tonight.
Lonegan’s hardest punchlines are likely to be used against him over the the final week of the campaign. “You might not be able to swim in that river, but its probably because of all the bodies in it from shooting victims” and “you’ll abort a baby in its 8th month of delivery,” will very likely be used relentlessly by the Booker campaign and they ramp up their Get Out The Vote machine in the coming week.
I almost felt bad for Sen. Buono as she endured what was surely one of the longest nights of her life; the feeling quickly passed when I recalled my property tax bill. Governor Christie’s knock-out punch, however, came towards the end of the debate…
The first debate of Election 2013′s New Jersey gubernatorial election is set for tonight at William Paterson University beginning at 7 p.m. on both CBS 2 in New York and CBS 3 out of Philadelphia. Christie vs. Buono… hey, maybe she’ll surprise us! She’d have to fall asleep mid-debate to fail the expectations game.
But for those Save Jerseyans who love political nostalgia as much as I do, here’s a look back at another gubernatorial debate from October 1, 2009 (h/t CSPAN):
Lonegan addresses a Tea Party Rally in Washington, D.C.
It was Cory Booker’s constant sneering attack in the first debate — Steve Lonegan is a “tea party leader.” What does that mean?
It’s true, Steve Lonegan has long been one of the Garden State’s strongest leaders for limited government, lower taxes, and constitutional government – the core values of the tea party. That Booker considers “tea party leader” an insult shows that he opposes these fundamental principles and that reflects negatively not on Lonegan but on Booker.
Steve Lonegan’s fiscal policy leadership has had major concrete benefits for New Jersey taxpayers.
Lonegan galvanized opposition to corrupt Governor Jon Corzine’s toll hike scam, which involved a long-term lease to a foreign corporation that would have been authorized to raise tolls 800% on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Lonegan was even arrested on a public sidewalk peaceably protesting a Corzine toll-hike event; the police later apologized. You can thank Lonegan every time you you pay a toll that could be much, much higher. Booker supported the scheme.